Biographical Sketches

Karl A. Slaikeu, Ph.D., an internationally recognized psychologist, mediator and author, is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (B.A), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and the State University of New York at Buffalo (M.A., Ph.D.). The author numerous books and professional articles, Karl has over three decades’ experience in mediating family, organizational and faith based disputes.

His model for psychological first aid has been translated into thirty-two languages for use by the American Red Cross to help earthquake and tsunami survivors in Central America and Asia.

In 2009-10 Karl served as a Sr. Social Scientist with the US Army in Afghanistan, where he interviewed villagers and helped Coalition Forces adjust stability operations to address needs of the local population.

Formerly he held a tenured faculty position in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina, and taught in the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Diane W. Slaikeu, J.D.,an attorney, mediator and educator, is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (B.S.), and the University of Texas School of Law (J.D.).

Her professional experience includes legal work in the Texas and South Carolina state legislatures, and partnership in a civil litigation law firm, followed by independent practice devoted exclusively to negotiation and mediation.

Diane has extensive experience as a trainer in communication and mediation skills for managers and in-house dispute resolution specialists.  A member of the State Bar of Texas and the South Carolina Bar Association, she has served as adjunct faculty at Abilene Christian University, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Pepperdine University School of Law.

Diane has a special interest in the spiritual dimensions of conflict and the role of remembering in spiritual development.

Diane and Karl are members of Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church (PC (USA) in Austin, Texas, where Diane is an ordained elder and both are involved in teaching ministries.